MASON, W.Va. — It was Jared Nutter night during the Wahama White Falcons final home contest of the 2015 gridiron season as the Bend Area Falcons pulled off the upset win over the visiting Miller Falcons Friday evening before a modest senior night crowd at the WHS campus.
Nutter scored four touchdowns while rushing for 176 yards and collecting 104 yards receiving in the somewhat surprising Tri-Valley Conference season finale win for the White Falcons. The returning All-State defensive back also intercepted a pass to go with his impressive offensive statistics as Wahama claimed its sixth consecutive win over Miller.
The victory was the second in its last three contests for the White Falcons with the Mason County team improving to 4-5 overall and 3-5 in the Hocking Division of the TVC. The heavily favored Falcons entered the league affair fighting for an Ohio playoff berth with that opportunity taking a huge setback following the loss. Miller fell to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in conference action.
Prior to the contest 11 Wahama seniors were honored before playing their final game before the home fans. Jared Nutter; Nolan Pierce; Noah Davis; Ryan Thomas; Wesley Jones; Ricky Kearns; Ian Hook; Billy Joe McDermitt; Austin Juelfs; Jesse Hesson and Clayton Sines comprised the 2015 senior edition of White Falcon football.
Although Nutter enjoyed the games leader in the final statistics it was a complete team effort that produced the grid victory for the White Falcons. Hesson and Sines paved the way for Wahama to run for 334 yards with their interior line play while Ricky Kearns picked off a Miller pass and returned the interception 55 yards for a score.
Defensively Billy Joe McDermitt, Austin Juelfs, Nolan Pierce and Noah Davis provided the spark to limit Miller to a mere 158 yards in total offense.
Wahama jumped out to an early 7-0 advantage in the only score in the opening quarter following a short Miller punt. Nutter capped a 26 yard drive with a nine yard run with Christopher Hesson booting the point after.
The visitors came back to knot the score early in the second period when the Falcons drove 56 yards in 10 plays with Garrett Bartley hauling in a four yard touchdown pass from quarterback, Cole Geil. Alex Paquin split the uprights with the point after kick to even the count at 7-7.
The remainder of the half was all Wahama with the White Falcons scoring three unanswered touchdowns to increase4d its advantage to 27-7. Nutter regained the lead for good for Wahama at the 5:54 mark with a 14 yard run and Nutter ran the two-point conversion to make it a 15-7 contest.
Less than twenty seconds later Ricky Kearns picked off a Geil pass and returned the interception 55 yards to make it a 21-7 affair. Wahama wasn’t finished yet with the White Falcons driving 86 yards in nine plays with quarterback, Philip Hoffman, tossing a 36 and 32 yard pass to Nutter to highlight the series. Hoffman completed the possession with a one yard run at the :12 mark to stake Wahama with a 27-7 halftime edge.
The two teams traded touchdowns over the final 24 minutes with Nutter adding a 17 yard run in the third canto for the White Falcons and a 33 yard scamper early in the final period. Miller picked up a three yard Zach Waldrop run for a six-pointer early in the final period before Dakota Tittle completed the scoring with a two-yard plunge at the 6:34 mark to end the nights scoring with Wahama securing the mild upset win by a 39-21 count.
In addition to Nutter’s 176 rushing yards for Wahama was Wyatt Edwards with 62 yards, Philip Hoffman with 46 yards and Colton Arrington with 40 yards on the ground. Hoffman completed eight of 15 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown with Nutter owning seven catches for 104 yards and Arrington one for five yards.
Miller was led on the ground by Waldrop with 49 yards with Geil connecting on nine of 13 passes for 158 yards. Garrett Bartley caught five of Geil’s offerings for 70 yards, Trevor Chillcote one for 58 yards, Carson Starlin two for 21 yards and Waldrop one for nine yards.
Wahama will enjoy an open date on its 2015 football schedule next week before concluding the 2015 season with a visit to unbeaten Buffalo. Miller will try and secure a playoff spot when the Falcons go against a very successful South Gallia squad in its regular season finale.
Gary Clark is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.